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Travel Nursing Hospital Review of: AMN
(within 1 year)
|5. Pay rate||1.5||1.5|
|6. Paycheck accuracy||2.5||2.5|
|10. Assignment selection available||3.5||3.5|
|12. Insurance plan||2.5||2.5|
|18. Paycheck arrival time||3.5||3.5|
|19. Chances you will recommend this agency||2||2.0|
|20. Chances you will work with them again||2||2.0|
|Total Score (number or rankings)||45.9(4)||45.9(4)|
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- I have worked as a Traveler for 10 years, and have worked with a number of companies. I started with Club Staffing, which was gobbled up by AMN. I do not understand the other reviews of this company, as my recruiter has been AMAZING! She has not only kept my working (running from one assignment directly to another), but she has had the company cold call locations I want to be in just to keep me working. If I call, and she is on the phone, I get a return phone call within 10 minutes, and any problems I have had with other parts of the company, she has resolved for me. The rate of pay I get is so much higher than any other travel company I have worked for or talked to, and as long as you know the laws, and how to deal with them, your take home is PHENOMENAL! Out of 10 years worth of assignments, I have only had one bad one. After 13 weeks of working with them, They had me off and working for another location. Not all can be Gems. They offer either to provide the housing, or they can give you a housing stipend. I always take the stipend as it is tax free money, and you can always find a decent place to live and pocket the difference.
I am really disheartened to hear these negative reviews, as I have loved working for this company. My recruiter has made all the difference in the world! 02/06/2017
- So the reviews above, although I cant say are all the recruiters fault, the nurse has a duty to know the laws around travel, but I COMPLETELY AGREE that this is by far the most dishonest, money grubbing agency that I have worked for. I have worked for 6 different agencies so far, mostly because of where the different companies had places to work and not the company itself - but if AMN were offering $100 an hour in paradise I still wouldnt take it - because there would be lies, all lies. The machinery is efficient in the company, that is they get the paycheck on time. I dont take any benefits so dont know about that. But - being lied to and cheated out of pay is unacceptable. Please fellow nurses pay heed. MANY times there are ways your recruiters can get places that other companies are posting. I would rather clean up shit all day and have 8 patients, as long as they didnt lie to me. 01/12/2017
- I worked with them from Oct 20th 2015 to June 18th 2016.
This was my first assignment as a travel nurse and likely my last. I almost have no words for how poorly this company was run and how poorly it treats its nurses, and likely the hospitals with whom they conduct business with.
Abhorrent, borderline fraudulent, deceitful and misleading all come to mind when I think back to my contract with AMN.
Speaking to other nurses who had also made contracts with AMN I found I was not alone in my assessment that AMNs business tactics take advantage of nurses. Clearly there’s a systemic issue that’s coming from the top and extending out. With that said, my specific grievances are the following:
1 Wages from the beginning were explained in a way inconsistent with actual wages and in a very convoluted way. Over the phone it was explained in a matter of fact way that wages were a fixed amount being offered, and on top of that incidentals. For example, my recruiter told me hospital A is offering $38, hospital B is offering $42 dollars an hour plus extras and so on. It wasn’t until I saw my first pay stub that the amount quoted wasn’t the actual hourly wage, it was more around 26/hr. When I spoke to my recruiter to explain, I was told "it's LIKE I'm making 42 an hour" because of non-taxable income. I could have accepted that had it been explained, but that is NOT how it was explained upfront. The “highlight” of this? WAIT FOR IT - Those non-taxables (lodging, meals and incidentals) were in actuality FULLY taxed during my entire contract. My recruiter left out a few details: I needed either a secondary address to claim residence, or to live more than 50 miles from the hospital to be eligible for non-taxables. The recruiter can’t claim ignorance having been there for over a year. This was deception by omission. Again, these stipulations and regulations regarding taxable income were not explained — ONLY a blanket statement that those were non-taxable. This of course voiding the entire rationale for telling me “it’s like you’re making $42/hour.” Unfortunately all of these revelations weren’t revealed until the end of my second contract. Is it asking too much to have been informed of these important details!?
1 Before signing my second contract I enquired about bonuses. I was told another lie that bonuses were not something AMN does. However, when AMN tried to sign me on for a third contract my recruiter tried to entice me with a bonus! There was no way I’d go for it considering what I had just learned about getting taxed and everything else. So are bonuses given to AMN by the facility, and recruiters only use them as bargaining tools when it’s in THEIR best interest? While I have no way to prove AMN always receives bonuses when their nurses complete an assignment, I have reasonable suspicion they probably do and AMN rarely gives the nurses anything.
My hope writing this is that it sheds light on this absolutely terrible company. Sure, I should have read the contract in more detail and asked more questions. That’s obvious. What wasn’t obvious to me was how misleading a company this big could be. My recruiter knowingly withheld these details and knowingly misled me to believe one thing, when in fact the reality was much different. Worse yet was the flippant attitude when I brought these things to light. An attitude of “well, that’s just how it is.” No apology. If I were you'd I'd stay away from this company and all of the companies they own: Merritt Hawkins, Nurses RX, Medefis, Staff Care, Club Staffing, SwiftWise, NurseFinders, Kendall and Davis, Med Travelers, Advantas, Locum Leaders, Onward Healthcare, NurseChoice, Linde Healthcare, American Mobile, O’Grady Peyton 01/07/2017
- If there is a company worse than this, i'm sure its pretty hard to find. Great housing, and lots of jobs (they are a big agency and own rights to lots of hospitals) pay is crap and recruiters don't care about what you need as a traveler, they only care about numbers and getting their money. They will not hold up their end of the contract and will screw you over. beware. 08/31/2016
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